One of the most notable outcomes of an Independence education is the readiness our graduates possess for the next phase of their education and beyond. This preparedness can largely be attributed to our LeApps™ curriculum (formerly Learning Applications), a long-standing hallmark program unique to Independence. LeApps supports our mission of inspiring independent learners.
Under the direction of longtime Independence teacher Vita Biddle, LeApps evolved from a fifth-grade study skills course into a valuable, long-term educational program that begins in first grade and continues throughout each grade level until graduation.
Students in fifth grade have an intensive, year-long LeApps course that sets them up for success in the later middle and high school years, when greater independence becomes a requirement. They have the chance to apply the LeApps lessons directly to work in all content areas.
The LeApps curriculum also provides opportunities for individual support in certain situations, guided study halls to apply and practice new skills, and drop-in lessons for lower school classrooms.
Students LEARN TO LEARN at Independence, and this is how.
"The LeApps program provides students with an edge on peers in their age bracket who have never been taught how to study or how their brain works. Students are naturally interested in learning about themselves and are guided into situations where they can apply their skills to all content areas in the curriculum and organizational circumstances in their lives. They can then continue to sharpen those skills as they mature and grow."
MS. VITA BIDDLE
FIFTH-GRADE TEACHER & LEAPPS SPECIALIST
The LeApps curriculum includes the following:
- Listening skills
- Time management
- Organizational strategies
- Goal setting and prioritizing
- Knowing and using different modalities for learning
- Test-taking strategies
- Metacognition (learning about learning)
- Understanding the neuroplasticity of the brain
- Steps toward deeper learning
- Understanding the value of a growth mindset